Thursday 20 June 2019

Around the districts: Laytown/Bettystown, Mornington, Julianstown, Bellewstown, Collon

Laytown/Bettystown: Blood Donors Clinic - If you are fit and healthy, aged 18 to 65 (between 65 and 70 years if you have donated in the last 10 years), over 7st.12 lbs (50kg) and have not donated in the last 90 days, please make a special effort to come along. Please eat at least a light snack in the 3 hours before donating.

A total of 2,403 units were required in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda during 2018. If you'd like to help save a life, there is an opportunity to give blood at the IBTS mobile clinic located in Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Bettystown Thursday 13th Jun Bettystown Thursday 13th June, From 5:00pm to 8:30pm. For further details, please contact our lo-call Donor Information Line 1850 - 73 11 37 or Finbar Gethins, Area Manager at our Ardee Regional Office, 041 - 685 9994 or

Contact me

Ring Iris on 0864033557 or email with items of interest in the area.

Creevelee Gone

It is very sad to see the iconic building Creevelee Nursing home knocked down. It has been part of the Laytown landscape for many years and was an impressive piece of architecture. I wonder what it's replacement will look like.

End of an era

After many many years, Tom Kelly will no longer represent the local community as a Meath Councillor.

Tom was a trojan worker and was always available to everyone, any time anywhere. He did great work and will be missed. I wish you well in your retirement, Tom.

Best of Luck

To all the young people starting exams this week, we wish them well and hope they do well.

First Responders Golf

The East Meath First Responders are holding their inaugural Golf tournament on Friday 5th July at Laytown Bettystown Golf Club. Cost is €300 per team of four.

There is also a prize of a car for a hole in one. For booking and sponsorship ring 083 8302414.

Pride of Place

The Pride of Place competition is now open for applications. Further information from the Community Department Meath County Council Buvinda House, Dublin Rd, Navan, Co Meath, or by email or alternatively from the website The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm this Friday 7th June.

Laytown P & P

The course is looking great at the moment and it's a great asset to the community. Membership is open to new members so why not give it a go.

Blessing of the Graves 2019

Calvary: Sunday 16th June at 3.00pm Reilig Mhuire: Sunday 16th June at 7.00pm St. Peter's: Sunday 30th June at 3.00pm Newtown Cross: Sunday 30th June at 5.00pm; Moorechurch: Sunday 7th July at 11.30am

Sandcastle Competitions

The annual Sandcastle building and sand sculpturing competitions day will take place on Sunday 30th June. Now in its 17th year, it's a wonderful activity for all the family and for tourists, especially with the beach, the sand, the water, the fresh air, and the parking all free - just bring the buckets and spades!

Sonairte Volunteers needed

Sonairte (Laytown) are looking for volunteers! For those who don't know, Sonairte is mostly run by volunteers, we are in need of extra hands for the summer. with many roles available especially in the garden, helping our gardeners produce fresh organic food for our shop. So, if you can spare a few hours to improve a skill or start a new hobby, please get in touch with them on their Facebook page.


Blessing of Graves

Calvary, Sun. June 16th at 3 pm. Reilig Mhuire, Piltown, Sunday June 16th at 7 pm.

Moorechurch Julianstown, Sunday July 7th at 11.30 am.

Pride of Place Competition

The pride of place competition is now open for applications. Further information can be obtained plus an application form from the community department, Meath co-co, Buvinda House, Dublin Rd, Navan, Co Meath, c15 y291 or by email or alternatively from the website The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5 pm (five pm) on Friday, June 7th, 2019.

East Meath First Responders

This life saving organization are holding their first ever golf tournament at Laytown & Bettystown golf course on Friday July 5th. This organization gets no governmental assistance whatsoever, they survive on the generosity of the local communities to keep the show on the road. A very dedicated group of volunteers, who at the drop of a hat can be at emergency within minutes. The entry fee is €300 per team of four. There is also a car to be won for a hole in one. To enter a team of four please call 083 8302414. Golfers can sponsor a hole as well. Your generosity would be very much appreciated.  


Woolly Farm Animals

Wooly Farm Animals are coming to Julianstown on Sunday 23rd June, @ 2 pm. Children will be able to meet and pet rabbits, lambs, goats etc. Paul, our favourite magician, will astound us with his magic show and puppet theatre. Lots of fun and games for all. Join us in our village garden and enjoy the fun.

Julianstown & District Community Association 

We will shortly be starting a complete revamp of the beds going up the hill in Julianstown and are in the process of drawing up a design. This will create a focal point going up through the village and also include additional seating.   We hope that you will support us by either giving a helping hand or making a donation towards the project.  We want Julianstown to grow into an attractive, safe and sustainable village which will be home to a vibrant, creative and enterprising community, welcoming to all. 

Blessing of Graves 

The annual Blessing of graves in Moorechurch Cemetery will take place on Sunday 7th July at 11.30a.m. Please let family and friends outside of the parish know.

Tús Work Placement

Exciting opportunity to avail of 19.5 hours work placement in your local area. Meath Partnership is currently seeking to expand the number of participants on the Tús Scheme. Tús is a one-year community work placement scheme for people who are unemployed for more than twelve months and in receipt of a jobseeker's payment. Participants receive a top up payment, while maintaining all secondary benefits. Minimum payment is €225.50 per week. You will also receive dedicated one to one career support, C. V. preparation, interview skills and accredited training throughout the year.  If you are interested, please contact Tús Office, Meath Partnership on 046-9280790 Ext 252 for full details.

Smithstown Café closed

Very sad to see the Smithstown Café closed very suddenly last Thursday. It had been doing great business and the food was excellent.


Best of luck to all our local boys and girls starting their exams, we hope they achieve what they want and do well.


Contact me

Any news or items of interest contact Iris @0864033557 or


Blotto Results 29th May. The numbers drawn were 01-02-03-07-14. No winner.

The €10 winners were Angela Bellew; Ann Collins; Peter Reilly; Noel Brannigan; Andrew Thompson; Maureen Andrews. Jackpot next week €750.

Charity Golf for Denise

A Charity golf classic in aid of Denise Whearty-Reid's Fight against Lyme Disease. will be held on Saturday 22nd June at Bellewstown Golf club. Tee times 10a.m. until 2p.m. €200 per team of four. Contact Richard at 0862730028 for bookings.

Bellewstown P & P

The winners of last Tuesday's competition were, Marie Brennan & Nigel McQuaile. Our membership is now open for Juvenile members, girls and boys aged from 10 years old upwards. Membership forms are available in the clubhouse. Best of luck to our members in the Meath Strokeplay Championships this Sunday 9th June at Castletown.


We extend sincere sympathy to Maureen Andrews and her family on the death of her dear sister Tina Noble who died suddenly last week. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Bellewstown Golf Club

22.05.19: Wednesday Open Stableford: 1st Trevor Carroll 42pts, 2nd Marcus Biddulph 39pts

25.05.19: Singles Stableford: 1st Brian Creighton 40pts, 2nd Noel Mohan 39pts

26.05.19: Race to the open 9/hole Stableford: qualifiers: Aaron Slater 23pts Sheila Cole 19pts

26.05.19: Singles Stableford: 1st Kenny Moore 40pts, 2nd Colin Martin 38pts. Membership specials available to the end of the year

Duleek Cardiac First Response Group Information Evening 

We are holding an information evening for anybody who may be interested in becoming a Cardiac First Responder CFR with our group on Thursday 13th June at 7:45pm in the parish centre Duleek.

No prior experience is required as full training will be provided to all responders. Those already holding Certs or with experience and interested in joining are also welcome to attend.

Contact for further information or send a message to our Facebook page & we will contact you.  Thank you to the 126 participants who attended our recent hands only CPR training event & to all who helped in any way to make the event a huge success.



Numbers drawn 14-1923-25. Jackpot not Won. There were two Match 3 winners; Noel Sherlock and Sinead Callaghan. Next Jackpot will be our highest ever at €14,900. Mattock Rangers lotto is sponsored by No Three Old Bar and Restaurant You can play our lotto online at

50th Birthday

Congrats and best wishes are sent across the Atlantic to New York to Elaine Eagan (nee McGuinness) who recently celebrated her 50th birthday.

Like all her family and their wonderful genes, it's very hard to believe this.

I believe great celebrations was had for the lovely Elaine and all your family and friends from Collon and surrounding areas wish you the very best in the future.

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning for Heart Foundation being held in Watters Collon this Friday 7th June from 9.30 until 3pm. Please support this great cause in honour of Late President of Foundation Dr. Kathleen McGarry.

21st Birthday

Special birthday wishes are sent to Kate Shevlin who celebrated her 21st recently.

Plenty of parties for this lovely young woman to mark this special occasion.

Kate is the youngest daughter of Kevin and Janine Shevlin. We wish her the very best of everything in Life.

Dejá Coffee Shop

We have no excuse now not to go and meet friends and relax with a cuppa as the new Dejá Coffee shop at Watters opened its doors last week. Had the pleasure of having a cuppa with my lovely sister in law Brid there and we were very impressed with the beautiful surroundings. So, make sure you get along, plenty on the menu to enjoy. Wishing Alan, Lisa and staff the very best with this wonderful amenity in our village. Congratulations.

Home from Oz

Welcome home to Ian Cunningham and his fiancé, Amie Dooley, who are home on holidays from Australia.

Hope your both having a great time catching up with family and friends.

Drogheda Independent